Audacious (Kris Longknife Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 30 Oct 2007
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About the Author
"Mike Shepherd" is a pseudonym for Mike Moscoe. Moscoe, a former civil servant, lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife Ellen and now writes full-time. As Mike Shepherd, he has written the five very popular Kris Longknife military science fiction adventures, with more to come!
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Navy lieutenent Kris Longknife, Princess of Wardhaven has this time been sent to the planet of New Eden to negotiate various buisness contracts for her family's software company. This is meant to be an extremely safe planet with strict gun laws. Several assassination attempts on her life and the lack of news repots of the incidents though make it abundently clear that not all is as it seems on this planet.
I very much enjoyed the storyline. New Eden is an interesting planet verging on a revolution where some of it's policies somehow got left behind from the rest of human space. There is a much deeper look into Kris's enigmatic maid revealing a lot about her past and making her feel a lot more human which I really liked. As always there is also a lot of witty banter between the cast complemented by a lot of action, the finale of the book is especially action packed as it reaches it's conclusion.
To sum up if you enjoyed the series up till this point than this book is unlikely to disappoint.
+ New Eden is an interesting planet.
+ Nice look into Abby's past.
+ Action packed finale.
This is the fifth in the series and the cold war between the Longknifes and Peterwalds is ramping up something fierce.
To really enjoy this start at book 1, it does just make it as a stand alone novel.
The attempt on her life makes it on the news and she learns after some digging that New Eden is not as productive and peaceful as it is supposed to be. New Eden journalists are forbidden from reporting negative stories, a large part of the population is forbidden to vote and there is much crime but nobody hears of it. She discovers Victoria is on the planet and she blames Kris for killing her brother. In the course of dealing with another assassination attempt, a large cache of weapons is found by Kris' troops. Something big is going to happen on New Eden and Kris will find herself, her marines and other allies in the middle of it.
Mike Shepherd is a fantastic storyteller who excels at writing military science fiction. His protagonist is a strong willed independent thinker who does what she thinks is best for humanity even if it means not adhering to planetary law. Human life is very precious to her and those people in her inner circle who play roles in the storyline. There is plenty of action and tension as this is a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience for science fiction fans. Also, if you missed reading Tino Georgiou's masterpiece--The Fates, go and read it.
Kris Longknife is a heroine who fights for what she believes in (especially in staying alive around the Peterswald family). Her strength lies in getting people to want to help her by not being afraid of being on the front-lines herself. She does not take herself all that seriously and doesn't get in a huff when people don't treat her with the respect that one might think that a princess should have.
This is a fun read. Shepherd's style of writing is refreshing, while all the time remaining faithful to his characters. It must be awfully fun to be able to catch the attention of people the way he does.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a fine example of what exceedingly mediocre Sci-fi looks like.
The Mary Sue heroine, who never makes a mistake, always comes out on top, even though her... Read more
Bought this to read for a book club, it's OK but I've read better military SFPublished 23 months ago by Marcus L. Rowland
By numbers military SF. Kick-ass heroine, lots of big weapons and boot stamping in a thoroughly unconvincing star-travelling future. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Dr Liz
i have not started to read this book yet as i am waiting to get the whole set of booksPublished on 28 Dec. 2013 by paul m